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08/02/2019 – Ephemeris – The Milky Way

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Ephemeris for Friday, August 2nd. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 37 minutes, setting at 9:07, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:31. The Moon, 2 days past new, will set at 10:31 this evening.

We’ll get darkness tonight, but that will erode night by night as the Moon waxes in our evening sky. At mid month this month and September will be the start of about two weeks of the best evening sky viewing of the year. This is the period the summer Milky Way is displayed to its fullest to the southern horizon. City folk come to our area and are sometimes fooled by the brightness and expanse of the Milky Way and think it’s clouding up. Yes those are indeed clouds, but they are star clouds. Binoculars will begin to show them to be millions of stars, each too faint to be seen by themselves to the naked eye, but whose combined glow give the impression of a luminous cloud. Binoculars are the ideal tool to begin to explore the Milky Way. Objects still too fuzzy can be checked out with a telescope to reveal their true nature.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Great Rift in the Summer Triangle

The Milky Way in the Summer Triangle, also showing the constellations of Cygnus the swan and the the northern part of Aquila the Eagle. This image a stack of 5 30 second exposures taken the morning of the Perseid meteor shower the is year in a vain attempt to capture some meteors.  I was hampered by a smoky haze blown in all the way from the West Coast from forest files out there.